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25-year-old Dies in Early Morning Shooting

January 20, 2006 00:00



On Friday, January 20, 2006, at 12:57 am, East Precinct officers responded to a reported shooting at 118 Northeast 160 Avenue. Officers arrived and discovered the body of 25-year-old James Charles Voorhees. Several individuals, including 24-year-old Michael Eugene Mehrer were present when officers arrived at the apartment. Homicide detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation.

During the course of interviews and processing of the crime scene, detectives determined that Mehrer discharged the weapon that led to the victim’s death. Mehrer, who been cooperative with investigators, was booked into the Justice Center Jail on unrelated warrants. At this time, detectives are continuing their investigation and intend to present the investigation to a Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury.

An autopsy performed by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner has determined that the victim died of a single gunshot wound and ruled the death a homicide.

Detectives continue to seek witnesses in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Barry Renna at (503) 823-0255 or Detective Mike Geiger at (503) 823-0768.

This investigation is continuing.



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